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#1 Mighttuss

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:13 PM

My motherboard is a Asus M2N-SLI my CPU is a AMD Phenom 8400 Triple core.I been looking around and saving for going on a year to do some upgrades for about a year now.My next step up with my CPU it would be a Phenom IIx4 945.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6075240&CatId=4433 witch is $99.00.Or would I be better off changing out the hole motherboard and CPU?
Here what I had in mind.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7246705&CatId=4297
My goal is to make my computer SLI ready,and able to do SLI ready with out blowing my pc up![/size]

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:53 PM

well, the new CPU is AM3, your current board is AM2, so no go there.

You combo motherboard is not SLI, so no go there.

If you want SLI, wait for the AM3+ boards out in June.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:13 AM

You could get this AM3+ board and wait for the new Bulldozer CPU to come out.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 05:34 PM

I suggest waiting until the AMD 900 series chipset comes out along side the new Bulldozer CPU's. You can still use certain AM3 motherboards with AMD 800 series chipsets, but you will probably get more features and better performance with AM3+ Bulldozers if you get the 900 series. Also, current motherboards with AMD chipsets will not do SLI, you need to get a motherboard with an nForce chipset. This is because nVidia has not licensed out their technology to AMD for their current chipsets, unlike Intel. However, the upcoming AMD 900 series chipsets and motherboards will be able to do both SLI and Crossfire. Currently, the new Bulldozer CPU's are due out around June 20.

If you must have a CPU now, you can certainly get the Phenom II X4 945 and put it in your motherboard if you have the appropriate BIOS installed as indicated on Asus' CPU support list. However, your motherboard is already out-of-date, it will be even more when the new CPU's launch. Keep in mind, that if you choose to use any of the upcoming AM3+ Bulldozers, you will also need to replace your RAM since new boards use DDR3.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:22 AM

AMD 900 series chipset /Bulldozer CPU's what the price range? I searched but can't find a price!Hell if its over $300.00 dollars I will not be able to buy it![/size]

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:56 AM

Hell if its over $300.00 dollars I will not be able to buy it!


Well, we don't know yet oh lover of annoyingly big fonts. According to what I have seen, CPUs will start close to $130-140 mark, and boards will go for about the same. You might be able to swing a CPU/Mobo/memory for under $350.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:47 AM

AMD usually have awesome fair prices :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:04 AM

AMD usually have awesome fair prices :thumbsup:


And speaking of "not fair prices", my 2011 upgrade is going to be about $300 over budget if current speculation pans out. Hopefully Bulldozer will force a quicker intro and lower prices. At least a boy can dream.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:08 PM

Actually, the pricing has been leaked, sort of. According to TechPowerUp and a few other sites, the top-of-the-line, eight core 3.8 GHz. (4.2 GHz. Turbo) FX-8130P is at $320, but that price is for 1K shipments. I don't know if Newegg or other retailers will keep that per-thousand unit pricing. Also, MSI's high-end 990FX motherboard should have a price around $220 to $290 according to VR-Zone. There are going to be other lower priced models.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 01:35 AM

Those prices are actually ok, but if you wait for a bit longer the prices might drop :thumbup2:

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 03:55 PM

You would probably be waiting a few months, but then again, the same can be said about any new technology.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 10:57 PM

Thanks everyone for your replys. Do any of you guys see any way I can twink what I have now to get more out of this PC?

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:16 AM

Maybe you can overclock it but be be wary about the heat.

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